Today’s Bible: Psalm 103
Thanksgiving for God’s goodness From David.
1 Bless you My Godmy darling
and all that is in me,
bless his holy name.
2 Bless you My Godmy darling
and don’t forget all its benefits –
3 who forgives all your iniquities,
who cures all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with unwavering love and mercy,
5 which satisfies you with good while you are alive
to renew your youth like an eagle.
6 The My God for vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He revealed his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel.
8 The My God he is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in unwavering love.
9 They won’t always blame,
nor will he keep his wrath forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so much is his steadfastness toward those who fear him;
12 how far east is from west,
so far it removes our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion for his children,
so that My God he has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were created;
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they bloom like a field flower;
16 for the wind blows over it, and disappears,
and his place no longer knows it.
17 But unwavering love My God is from age to age
to those who fear him,
and his justice to the children of children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to keep his commandments.
19 The My God he has set his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless you My God, O you his angels,
you powerful who carry out his orders,
obedient to his spoken word.
21 Bless you My God, all its hosts,
his ministers doing his will.
22 Bless you My God, all his works,
in all places of his reign.
Bless you My Godmy darling.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
I don’t know where some people get their images of God… surely some of them don’t come from Jesus.
I do not understand Christians who see God as the One who only seeks some excuse to punish us, to exclude us from Divine love, the One who constantly overflows the past and digs up old sins, old failures, old pains and beats us over the heads with them.
That is not God.
God does not want to hold our past above our heads like some threatening guillotine. On the contrary, God wants set us free of all that hurts us, discourages us, and makes us think less of ourselves. Because God loves us, God wants only good for us.
The problem is not that God is reluctant to forgive us. The problem is that we are reluctant to forgive myself.
The problem is that it seems too good to be true if there is no sin that God is not upset forgive. God wants to forgive us even more than we want to be forgiven.
For what God wants for us is to live today and tomorrow and the whole tomorrow of our lives as God’s beloved sons and daughters, confident in the warmth of God’s love, and walking in the wonderful light of God’s Way.
Listen to the promises of Scripture:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1: 9)
Jesus’ words from the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
And today’s letter: “The farther the east is from the west, the more God removes our transgressions from us.”
Do you hear good news? God does not deal with condemnation. God is in redemption work.
It is no wonder that the psalmist is so full of praise: “Bless the Lord, my soul, and all that is in me, bless his holy name. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in unwavering love. ”